NC Army Preparation SCQF level 4

NC Army Preparation SCQF level 4

National Certificates (NCs) are practical qualifications designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills (including Core Skills) required for further study or to gain employment.

The NC Army Preparation SCQF level 4 will develop knowledge and skills in map reading and land navigation, accident and emergency procedures, team working, exercise, fitness and sports. Successful achievement also leads to the learner being certificated for four Core Skills.

National Certificates (NCs) are designed for full-time delivery over one year (or part-time over two years) and are available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

NCs bridge the progression gap from school attainment to HN and other study. They are suitable for school leavers and those seeking a route back into study at non-advanced level. They are trusted qualifications that have been developed by practitioners.

Offering the NC in Army Preparation could potentially attract a broader range of learners to further education.

The NC is typically run full-time, and delivery can be tailored to suit the needs of the learner with learning set at a suitable pace and level.

The focus of the NC is based on practical activity and, as such, is unlikely to be suitable for distance or open learning delivery mode.

This qualification is nationally-recognised.

The NC Army Preparation is primarily designed for those candidates who are interested in a career with the army. The award includes Core Skills and transferable skills which would be suitable for a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Successful completion of this NC would enable a candidate to progress to a range of qualifications at level 4 and above, for example, the NC in Sport and Fitness at SCQF level 5.

This award encourages all-round personal development, including Core Skills, and provides opportunities to develop the following transferable skills:

  • enterprise skills
  • technology skills
  • employability skills
  • attitudinal skills
  • planning/evaluative skills
  • communication skills
  • fitness skills

Who does this qualification suit

The NC in Army Preparation is primarily designed for learners interested in entering a career with the army. It also opens up the possibility of continued study for candidates. The qualification provides an opportunity to achieve for someone whose strengths are not well suited to conventional schooling and who might have had low confidence and motivation.

Successful achievement leads to the candidate being certificated for four Core Skills, and will leave them in a better position to make an informed choice about a career in the army.

Access

No formal entry qualifications are required. Access to the NC will be at the discretion of the centre. It is open to all learners who have a reasonable chance of achievement.

Progression

Learners may progress from the level 4 NC in Army Preparation to a range of qualifications at level 4 and above for example, the NC in Sport and Fitness at SCQF level 5 or employment. The award includes Core Skills and transferable skills, which would be suitable for a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority must come forward for approval and should contact SQAs Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQAs general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Assessments are practical or task-based where possible. Aspects of some units, such as Accident Prevention and Emergency Procedures, and Map Reading and Land Navigation, may lend themselves to e-assessment.

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements/Assessment Criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) are available for selected units and can be found on SQAs secure website.

There are many opportunities for integrative delivery of units within the award. Teaching and learning for communication and numeracy could, for example, be integrated with Map Reading and Land Navigation and/or Assist with an Event.

Current

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GM21 44 (72 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 4

The National Certificate in Army Preparation requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (36 SCQF credit points), 6 SCQF credit points from the restricted mandatory section plus optional units totalling 30 SCQF credit points).

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Group Award Specification.

Group Award Specification

Lapsing

Qualification content and delivery tools

Unit(s) and delivery tools

This Group Award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

The finishing date for this qualification is 31 July 2019.

Group Award code:G970 44 (72 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 4

Structure

The NC comprises six mandatory Units and up to seven optional Units.

Mandatory Units

Accident Prevention and Emergency Procedures F5FK 10
Communication F3GB 10
Numeracy F3GF 10
Information and Communication Technology F3GC 10
Map Reading and Land Navigation F5FH 11
Assist with an Event F5FJ 10

The Course framework includes the Unit, Fitness for the Army (F5FL 10), which meets the Armys minimum entry requirements for physical fitness. Since not all candidates will choose a career in the Army, it is possible to certify the Group Award without achieving this Unit. Candidates not selecting this Unit must complete the Exercise and Fitness Units (D677 11 and D678 11). The structure also allows candidates to take all three Units if desired.

The full structure showing the optional Units is available in Section 5 of the Course Arrangements document.

Other

The NC is mapped to the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Arrangements Documents

Course Overview and Skills Development Summary